1043. Hon ALISON XAMON to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mental Health:
I refer to the government’s commitment to expand the police mental health co-response program to regional areas.
(1) Has a timetable and/or priority regions for the rollout been developed?
(2) If yes to (1), please table the schedule.
(3) When is it anticipated that co-response teams will be available in Geraldton?
Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1)–(3) The planning for the expansion of the mental health co-response team is currently underway. A steering group including WA police, the Mental Health Commission and the WA Country Health Service has been established to provide oversight and advice, based on research and feasibility information, into the development of service models for the expansion of the mental health co-response service into regional Western Australia. The operational details are currently being considered as part of this planning process.